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Air Show 2015 Recap
Planes of Fame Air Museum was proud to present Air Show 2015, May 2 & 3: "A Salute to Veterans". This year’s air show featured nearly 50 historic aircraft, performing for your enjoyment as well as a salute to our veterans to celebrate their history, contributions, and sacrifices for our nation.
Another record attendance had great weather while watching nearly 50 aircraft fly. Performers included U.S.A.F. F-22 Raptor Demo Team and Heritage Flight, Sean D. Tucker-Team Oracle Aerobatics, Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team, Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics, Clay Lacy's Learjet Demonstration, Rob Harrison and the Tumbling Bear, Gregory Colyer's T-33, John Collver's AT-6 Aerobatics, Planes of Fame's F-86 and MiG-15, and over 40 WWII aircraft including B-25, P-63, F4U, TBM, Zero, SBD, P-47, P-51s and others. In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that performed or were on static display, there was a special panel discussion with a large number of our honored veterans who recounted their fascinating and courageous stories of service and enjoyed watching the aircraft they once took into battle! A special educational display by the Remembrance Rescue Project displayed Rescue 5, a restored FDNY truck, damaged during September 11th, 2001, that lost all its crew of 11 firefighters. Also, the Preview Day & Twilight Show on May 1 was a fantastic success with a spectacular twilight flight by the CF-18 from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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Thanks to our air show sponsors, pilots and crews, the County of San Bernardino, volunteers, vendors; and all the other groups and individuals too numerous to list who made the show a resounding success.
Our honored veterans who spoke and attended were as follows: Robert Cocks–SBD, SB2C pilot; Lt. Muriel Engelman-Army Nurse, Battle of the Bulge; LTC. Bob Friend–P51 Red Tails pilot; Cpl. Celso Jaquez–Machine gunner Okinawa; Ed Lopez–P47, F86, L5, and L19; Ed Moore–Vietnam-H34 Helicopter pilot; Bob Mosier-Biscuit Bomber-C-49 and C-47; LTC. Don Oldis–WWII, Korea, Vietnam 0 P38, P47, F86, C121 many more; Pvt. Ed “Doc” Pepping–101st Airborne, Easy Company–Band of Brothers Medic; Jimmy Robinson–P51 crew chief; Brian Shul–Vietnam–T28, SR71 pilot; LTC. Ted Tanner-A20 pilot; Jim White–B-17 pilot; Capt. Jerry Yellin–P51 pilot. We thank our veterans for their service to the country and for sharing their experiences with us so that we might better appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made and are still making for our nation.
And a special thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make sure the show came off without a hitch. Your efforts helped make the show safe, successful, and best of all fun for our guests.
Just wait and see what we have planned for next year! Be sure to mark your calendars for PLANES OF FAME AIRSHOW 2016.
Until then, thank you for your continued year-round support of our efforts to keep ‘em flying!